Belleayre to be transferred to ORDA, Bonacic announces

Photo from Belleayre's Facebook page.

With an April 1 budget deadline looming, the New York State legislature and governor's office are close to finalizing a $132.5 billion budget, the AP reports.

Part of that budget deal, state senator John Bonacic's office announced yesterday, is the transfer of the state-run Belleayre Ski Center to the Olympic Regional Development Authority. 

The plan for a Belleayre transfer looks very similar to one included in the state Senate's budget proposal earlier this month.

Earlier, the Assembly had issued their own budget proposal, which did not include the transfer of Belleayre to ORDA.

Bonacic's press release lists the conditions for the transfer:

  • A requirement that Belleayre be continued as a year round tourism destination with a level of capital investment to that Belleayre can be operated, maintained, and improved in a similar manner to Whiteface and Gore;
  • One ORDA Board Member, each for Delaware and Ulster Counties (Governor Cuomo had initially proposed just one Board member to be shared by both counties);
  • An increase in ORDA’s Community Advisory Board from 15 to 19.  Two additional members would be appointed by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and two by the Ulster County Legislature;
  • A requirement for a local ORDA office be located at Belleayre;
  • A requirement that one of two ORDA Vice-Chairs be a resident of Ulster or Delaware Counties (the person chosen would be chosen by the recommendation of the Town Boards of the Towns of Middletown and Shandaken).